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Working Papers

In order to make current research results available to a broad public at an early stage, the IfM Bonn has launched the Working Paper Series. Here, IfM-Bonn external researchers can also publish their conference papers and papers still in the review process from start-up and entrepreneurship research, research on family businesses and SMEs.

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Working Papers | 2024 Regional Entrepreneurship: Pain or gain for economic growth?

This research note examines the relationship between start-up rates and GDP per capita growth in urban and rural regions in Germany.

Working Papers | 2021 In the eye of the beholder? Why we need to differentiate between SMEs and Mittelstand

A common fallacy is that SMEs is the translation for Mittelstand companies. Until today, there is no common, widely accepted and consistently applied understanding of what constitutes the Mittelstand.

Working Papers | 2021 Income loss among the self-employed: implications for individual wellbeing and pandemic policy measures

Due to the pandemic-induced economic crisis, self-employed individuals are currently suering considerable income losses. The self-employed and the members in their households usually form an economic unit.

Working Papers | 2021 Mittelstand policy after the pandemic – for a sustainable future

Covid 19, digitalisation, Green Deal – the Mittelstand will face great challenges in the coming years in addition to their sector and size-specific tasks.

Working Papers | 2021 Female and male entrepreneurs in Germany: How did the coronavirus pandemic affect their businesses?

Restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have affected and continue to affect the operations of entrepreneurs. A wide range of support measures were designed to mitigate their consequences. This paper traces the economic development in the various sectors and provides an overview of the support measures.

Working Papers | 2020 Contextualization of Entrepreneurship Research

In the last decade, contextualization has matured into an important topic of entrepreneurship research and continues to attract great interest. However, from a methodological point of view, contextualization still seems to pose significant challenges.

External publication, Working Papers | 2020 Geographical Contexts of Entrepreneurship: Spaces, Places and Entrepreneurial Agency

The article focuses on contexts of entrepreneurship, in particular geographical contexts, and entrepreneurial agency.

Working Papers | 2020 Moving Contexts Onto New Roads – Clues From Other Disciplines

This paper responds to Welter’s (2011) call to pay more attention to the diversity of entrepreneurship in theorizing contexts by examining how places come to be understood as entrepreneurial.

Working Papers | 2020 The Diana project: a legacy for research on gender in entrepreneurship

The working paper provides a brief history of the evolution of the Diana Project and the Diana International Research Conference.

Working Papers | 2020 Contexts and gender – Looking back and thinking forward

The working paper shows how the gender context debate has developed from its initial focus on the contextualization of gender to the consideration of gender in context.

Working Papers | 2019 The Effect of Migrants' Resource Endowments on Business Performance

This paper questions the stereotypical image of migrant-led companies as being less successful than native-led businesses.

Working Papers | 2019 Emotions and Entrepreneurship Education: State of the Art and Future Research Agenda

In their contribution, Victor Pérez and Juha Kansikas not only give an overview of the results of previous research on "Entrepreneurship Education and Emotions" ...

Working Papers | 2019 The German Mittelstand: Antithesis to the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship model?

Whilst internationally, the Mittelstand in Germany is admired and many countries try to emulate it, the current debate in Germany praises the Silicon Valley model of entrepreneurship, contrasting the Mittelstand as low-growth, low-tech and non-innovative – in short: as a hindrance to Germany’s economic future.

Working Papers | 2018 SMEs´ Responses to Potentially Disruptive Innovations: Does Strategic Entrepreneurship Provide an Explanation?

This study analyzes how SMEs react to the danger of disruptive innovations or new business models in the course of increasing digitization. We assume that the concept of the "strategic entrepreneur" is suitable to explain the different behavior of SMEs in dealing with disruptive innovations or new business models.

Working Papers | 2018 The Effect of Self-Employment on Income Inequality

The self-employed are relatively often among the top earners - or among the lowest earners.

Working Papers | 2018 The Impact of Firm Performance on the Business Transfer Mode

This paper examines the influence of corporate performance on the desired type of business transfer. Family businesses usually strive for succession within the family.

Working Papers | 2018 A Research Note on Entrepreneurs' Financial Commitment and Crowdfunding Success

Established early stage investors decide to invest in new ventures after evaluating the propensity of success and the risk of failure. Consequently, it is of considerable importance that the new business owners have substantial 'skin in the game' and are thus highly committed to business success.

Working Papers | 2018 Brain-Driven Entrepreneurship Research: Expanded Review and Research Agenda Towards Entrepreneurial Enhancement

The advent of significant advances in neuroscience has produced the capacity to examine the human brain at a profound level, yet the academic and practical value of existing evidence based on neuroscience techniques and methods within the field of entrepreneurship remains unexplored.

Working Papers | 2018 Times are a Changin'? The Emergence of New Firms and Rank Persistence

Young firms are known to grow at a faster rate than incumbents. With administrative firm data from Germany, we show that the higher growth rates indeed translate into upward mobility within the firm size distribution.firms, whi

Working Papers | 2017 Mind the Gap: Institutional and Individual Antecedents of Entrepreneurial Trajectories in the Academic Context

This study analyses institutional, job-related, and individual antecedents of entrepreneurial activities from a longitudinal perspective.